Money for roadside victims

Hungary’s supreme court has awarded financial compensation to two residents who complained that their lives were made a misery and their houses reduced in value by speeding lorries along highway 86 in the west of the country.

[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Traffic levels on the road increased dramatically in 2005, partly because of Hungary joining the EU but also because a distance-based road toll was introduced on the parallel motorway in Austria. T&E’s Hungarian member, the Clean Air Action Group, which supported the legal action, says it hopes the judgement will act as a precedent that will encourage the government to reduce the number of lorries on Hungary’s roads.